Will live-action Cinderella compare with the Classic?

Cinderella 2015

Disney’s Cinderella opened yesterday, March 13th, to rave reviews from Disney fans and non-fans alike.  My family is planning on going to see it today, and the burning question in my mind and in the mind of my wife and daughter is this:  “Will the live-action version of Cinderella compare with the Classic movie from 1950?”

I don’t know if the question is a fair one. After all, one is an animated movie, and one is not; one was produced in a different era, a different time, and for many children and adults alike, that original 1950 version is timeless, and can’t be replaced at all, regardless of who is in the new version.  However, right here, right now, all the buzz is about the live-action version of Cinderella, and not so much about the animated classic.

I don’t know which version I will like better, and I won’t know until we finish watching the movie.  However, I do have to say that I have loved the trailers so far.  Here are the two that I’ve seen in case you haven’t.  Have a look, and then let me know if you will be going to see the film, and what you think your experience will be like.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great Disney Day!

This second trailer is similar to the first, but has a bit more for you to digest and ponder…

In the end, only time will tell what we think about the new Cinderella movie, but I think we will really like it.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear your comments!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Cinderella 2015 — Do Not Miss This Movie!

Cinderella 2015

Earlier today, we published a post about the new Cinderella 2015 version of the classic story, and in that post, I wondered what we would think of this version of the film.  Well, my wife, daughter and I have seen the movie now, and we enjoyed it so much that both Sophie and I are writing a review of it!

One thing I liked happened right at the beginning of the movie — we were introduced to Ella’s mother and father.  We saw the love that they have for one another, and we quickly learned that Ella gets much of her grace and charm from her mother.

Those of us that know the story — either the classic or the new version — know that Ella ends up growing up without her parents; in this version, we learn that it was Ella’s mother that left us with words that we all should live by:

“Have courage and be kind.” ~ Ella’s Mother

Five simple words; those five simple words transformed Ella’s life.  It was by believing those words given to her by her mother that Ella is able to see past her circumstances, past the fact that both her mother and father are gone, past the fact that she has a step-mother and step-sisters that don’t care for her; past all of that, Ella is still able to see the good in the world, and to help others see the good in their circumstances.

The cast for this movie is phenomenal; starting with the directing of Kenneth Branagh, continuing with Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, Lily James from Downton Abbey fame as Cinderella, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

If you were on the fence about this movie, wondering if you (or your own Princess) would enjoy it, don’t hesitate any more.  This movie was incredible, and everyone at the theater seemed to be enjoying it very much.  We even saw some children in their Cinderella costumes that were watching the movie.  There wasn’t anything at all in my opinion that was not suitable for any child.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have you seen the movie yet?  If so, what did you think?  I’d love to hear your comments!  Thanks, and have a great day!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Where does Your Heart Reside?

Thanksgiving

My heart lies with Cindy and Sophie this Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I hope that you all have a wonderful day — for those of you that have to work, my thoughts go out to you specifically, and hope that you have time to celebrate being with your family before your shift starts.

Thanksgiving is, after all, about family, at least it is in my mind.  It’s about remembering what you are thankful for, and for remembering those memories you have from days gone by and creating new memories as well.  That’s why I posed the title of my post the way I did — where does your heart reside on this Thanksgiving day?

Does it reside with your loved ones, thinking about those that you are with, and those that you aren’t, irregardless of whether you are seeing them or not?  Or is your heart all “pitter-patter” over the thought of getting out on Thanksgiving day and shopping?

Is your heart turning towards Christmas, and remembering what the season is really, truly, all about, or is your heart yearning for the latest gadget or game, jewel, or something else that is tickling your fancy?

Is your heart longing for times gone by, for people no longer here, for memories that live on in your heart and soul, for tears shed for those gone, or is Thanksgiving just another day on the calendar for you?

Thanksgiving

Sophie reading to her Poppy on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.

Does your heart remember the memories of Thanksgiving Days that are in the rear view mirror?  I was in the grocery store with my wife the other night; we were buying the things we’re going to need for our dinner on Thursday.  This year, it’s only going to be the three of us, Cindy, Sophie and myself.  Cindy has to work on Friday and Saturday, and I have to work on Sunday, so any hope of going anywhere for the weekend is out the window.

So here we are in the grocery story, and all of a sudden, I was struck with remembering the time when my Grandpa was at our house, and on Thanksgiving morning, he and Sophie were reading together.  Mind you, my Grandpa’s eyesight by this time had gotten pretty bad, and he needed a magnifying glass to read the words, so Sophie (she was seven in this picture) was reading the story to him.

Just thinking about it, I was struck by how much I missed my Grandpa and Grandma.  They are both in Heaven now, and have no cares, and for the most part I’m good with the memories.  But that day, in the grocery store, it was all I could do to keep from crying in the Produce Aisle.

I’ve started playing Christmas Carols in the car.  I do this before Thanksgiving not because I’m bypassing Thanksgiving, but rather because the Thanksgiving holiday is the start of the most wonderful time of the year for me — the Advent and Christmas season.  It has been a hard year for many of us, so my thought was that I would start the season early by listening to the music I love to hear during this time of year.

Today’s selection of music was the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, the wonderful tale by Dr. Seuss about a grinch who thinks that taking all of the things from the Who’s will result in no Christmas.  I’m sure you all know the story, and you know that at the end, despite the fact that all of their possessions have been taken, the Who’s still gather around and sing songs celebrating Christmas.  It was at this moment in the story that the Grinch learned something very important:

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

My wish for this Thanksgiving is simple.  My wish is that the Macy’s, the Belk’s, all of the stores that think they need to open on Thanksgiving Day, and deprive so many people of time with their families…my wish is that they would be like the Grinch, who saw his heart grow three sizes that day, and that they would change their minds and not open on Thanksgiving.  I know that this is a pipe dream, that it isn’t going to happen unless we all stay home, and maybe not even then.  But I’m going to wish for it, I’m going to pray for it, and I’m going to hope for it, and if it doesn’t happen this year, than maybe it will in the years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  May the day see you celebrate the way that you choose, that you be near those you love, whether they be family or not, that you be able to enjoy the day the way it is meant to be enjoyed — by remembering all that you are thankful for, and being with those you love.  Try to remember that, at the end of the day, all we are left with are those memories, the things that stick with us when others are gone.  Create the memories today that you’ll want to remember tomorrow, and cherish those memories, because they are precious and worth more than any other sale could be.